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09/01/87 MICHAEL DAVID MATSON v. STATE TENNESSEE

September 1, 1987

MICHAEL DAVID MATSON, APPELLANT,
v.
STATE OF TENNESSEE, APPELLEE



Hamilton County. HONORABLE JOSEPH F. DIRISIO, JUDGE, Post-Conviction.

Permission to Appeal Denied November 30, 1987

John K. Byers, Judge, Joe D. Duncan, Judge, Allen R. Cornelius, Jr., Judge, Concur.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Byers

John K. Byers, Judge

The trial court dismissed the petitioner's petition for post-conviction relief, which alleged he was denied the effective assistance of counsel in his convicting trial. The petitioner appeals from that judgment.

The judgment is affirmed.

The petitioner was convicted of first degree murder, and in a bifurcated proceeding the jury fixed the death penalty. The petitioner offered no evidence of mitigating factors in the sentencing phase; nor did he testify in that portion of the trial.

The petitioner complains that his trial attorney failed to develop proof of the mental deficiencies which his client suffered and failed to introduce medical evidence of his mental condition as a ...


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